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Twitter Research Guide

An introductory guide for students and faculty who wish to work with Twitter for research purposes.

Working with Twitter Data

There are now a number of options for capturing tweets from the Twitter API. All options require a Twitter account and some will require creating an app with Twitter (this requires associating a phone number with your Twitter account) in order to generate the necessary credentials (keys and access tokens). 

When using the Twitter API, the default search ("recent search endpoint") provides access to tweets that are no more than 7 days old. If you need historical tweets, academic researchers can access (as of January 26, 2021) the full archive. Note also that there are some collections of Twitter data that have been made publicly accessible (see the "Twitter Data" page).

If you would like to collect your own Twitter data, see the list of software links on the "Collecting Tweets" page.